Conservation Corps New Mexico (CCNM) seeks qualified candidates for Veteran Fire Corps Crew Leader positions based out of Las Cruces, NM for the 2018 season. CCNM offers opportunities for individuals to work in a crew environment on national lands throughout the southwestern United States and elsewhere. Successful crew leaders are self-motivated, energetic and tenacious – they understand the value of hard work in the outdoors and are driven to excellence in conservation.

Crew Leaders will work in co-leader pairs to lead 5-7 members and are responsible for oversight of all field-aspects of their crew including project work, camp life and crew dynamics. Together they will work as a fuels crew for the duration of the season.

Crews typically work on 8-day on/6-day off schedules (Tuesday – Tuesday). During the 8-day “hitch” crews work together during the day, eat and camp together in the evening and learn together throughout. The crew member season will include one week of orientation followed by two weeks of basic firefighter training. Crew Leaders will start before members arrive for orientation and training.

Qualifications and Requirements:

Must hold an official certification in Wilderness First Responder and CPR.
B Faller Chainsaw certification, or the ability to attain certification prior to beginning of project work.

Leadership experience.
Experience and/or desire to work exclusively with recent era military veterans. Strong technical skills including: trail maintenance, chainsaw operation and maintenance, crosscut use and maintenance, hand tool maintenance, fencing, ecological restoration, and backcountry work and travel.
Flexibility, adaptability and capacity to work in a fluid, changing work environment.
Excellent communication and teaching/mentoring skills.
Strong conflict resolution and team building skills.
Proficient in computer programs and technology, especially email and Microsoft programs. Ability to perform administrative such as managing crew budget and documents.
Strong time-management skills and ability to work both independently and in collaboration with a small group.
Ability and willingness to work a flexible and varying schedule, including long term (2 weeks – multi-month) assignments away from the regional office.
Valid driver’s license and an insurable driving record.
Must be able to pass a criminal history background check.

Preferred Qualifications:

Prior AmeriCorps service.
Veteran status and/or previous work experience with OIF/OEF veterans.
Experience with backpacking, wilderness travel, LNT, camp management and outdoor leadership.
Previous employment with a federal land management agency.
Professional forestry or wildland fire experience.
Professional technical certifications in chainsaw operation, 4×4/OHV, wildland firefighting.
Relevant bachelor’s degree.

About Conservation Corps New Mexico

Exciting, challenging, rewarding—there is no one word to describe participating in a Conservation Corps New Mexico Program. You’ll learn, but it will probably take sweat. You’ll complete great service projects, but it won’t always be easy. You’ll meet some great people, but you won’t always see eye-to-eye. It’s about learning, working hard for the environment and our communities, and giving something back. We’re glad you’re interested in joining us!